This article is contributed by Matt Jameson, a concerned United Methodist layman from Missouri.
As congregations face a rapidly narrowing window to decide whether or not to stick with the United Methodist Church, they should consider the truth about United Methodist seminaries.
While I focus here on American seminaries, these seminaries have global influence. Some United Methodist elites from elsewhere come to America for theological education.
First, this is a question of stewardship. This year alone, $26.9 million is demanded of American United Methodist congregations for the Ministerial Education Fund (MEF), which primarily goes to propping up the 13 official United Methodist seminaries in the United States. For your congregation to “stay UMC” means requiring it to continually pay into the MEF, every year.
While the UMC Discipline (¶ 816.2a) requires the majority of the MEF to be used for “United Methodist student scholarships” and/or compensation for faculty and…